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Is alcohol forbidden during tennis matches?

fsoica
07-25-2012, 08:51 AM
I just read that Jack Crawford (big player of the 30s) was known for taking a shot of whiskey between sets, when the match was very tense. Would this be possible with today's rules?

I think this could help a lot the big chokers :devil:

TigerTim
07-25-2012, 08:59 AM
One of the sports biggest chokers as already tried it...Like a Boss!!

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niff
07-25-2012, 09:01 AM
Don't see how they could stop you, bar banning all alcohol consumption during a tournament. Celebrate those big wins with a cheeky glass of water :drink:

Chris Kuerten
07-25-2012, 09:30 AM
I play my best tennis after a couple of beers.

finishingmove
07-25-2012, 09:34 AM
Shows the game was a complete and utter joke back then.

Any serious player would know not to consume alcohol during matches. It would dehydrate them and lower physical performance.

Nathaliia
07-25-2012, 09:38 AM
WADA banned it this season though i saw a journeyman czech player drinking beer before his performance in prague :p

performance was awful :D

duong
07-25-2012, 10:06 AM
WADA banned it this season

really ? as a performance-enhancing drug ?

I read some time ago a very serious article speaking of the positive effects of nicotin (tobacco) in some sports' performances.

Johnny Groove
07-25-2012, 11:52 AM
Back in the day, it was almost mandatory.

Hypnotize
07-25-2012, 12:29 PM
really ? as a performance-enhancing drug ?

I read some time ago a very serious article speaking of the positive effects of nicotin (tobacco) in some sports' performances.
Not all banned drugs are classed as performance-enhancing. Recreational drugs that would do anything but enhance your performance are banned for health reasons.

Karsten Braasch used to light up cigarettes during change-overs until the tennis associations imposed a ban on doing this.

Nathaliia
07-25-2012, 12:50 PM
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Fumus
07-25-2012, 02:37 PM
There's really no way they could stop you but you wouldn't make it far as alcohol is a substance that impairs your senses and slows your reactions. Trust me...it would suck all the fun out of drinking. The players from back in the day were like the characters on Mad Men, they just drank all day long...it was part of the culture and they didn't have the literature yet about how harmful it was to you.

It's one thing to play tennis at your club after a few beers...it's goofy and fun. No professional player could do this with any success.

After their match however, the pros can get down! I remember Gaudio talking about the players at one South American tournament...they got wasted every night and he woke up hungover and played some of his best tennis. I think Action Jackson could elaborate a bit more on this.

Andre Agassi wrote about in his book being hungover for a dead rubber DC Tie. He assumed that someone would be subbing in for him because it was dead but there was no one to sub. So he was so hungover he played the match with Oakley sunglasses on the whole time. Oakley ended up sending him a car and bunch of sunglasses after he was photographed and put on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the glasses on. LOL

Marat Safin loved to drink, party and smoke during tennis tournaments. He loved going to the Hopman cup because of the large casino that was nearby the tennis complex/resort. At Hopman in 2005, he showed up to play David Sanguinetti and he had a black eye, bruises on his face and was clearly hungover. He lost 67 76 60 in classic Safin fashion.

Drinking and tennis....goes hand in hand really. ;)

Hypnotize
07-25-2012, 03:06 PM
There's really no way they could stop you but you wouldn't make it far as alcohol is a substance that impairs your senses and slows your reactions. Trust me...it would suck all the fun out of drinking. The players from back in the day were like the characters on Mad Men, they just drank all day long...it was part of the culture and they didn't have the literature yet about how harmful it was to you.

It's one thing to play tennis at your club after a few beers...it's goofy and fun. No professional player could do this with any success.

After their match however, the pros can get down! I remember Gaudio talking about the players at one South American tournament...they got wasted every night and he woke up hungover and played some of his best tennis. I think Action Jackson could elaborate a bit more on this.

Andre Agassi wrote about in his book being hungover for a dead rubber DC Tie. He assumed that someone would be subbing in for him because it was dead but there was no one to sub. So he was so hungover he played the match with Oakley sunglasses on the whole time. Oakley ended up sending him a car and bunch of sunglasses after he was photographed and put on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the glasses on. LOL

Marat Safin loved to drink, party and smoke during tennis tournaments. He loved going to the Hopman cup because of the large casino that was nearby the tennis complex/resort. At Hopman in 2005, he showed up to play David Sanguinetti and he had a black eye, bruises on his face and was clearly hungover. He lost 67 76 60 in classic Safin fashion.

Drinking and tennis....goes hand in hand really. ;)
I remember that but I thought he got the black eye in Moscow before he arrived, not at the casino in Perth.

AsianSensation
07-25-2012, 06:33 PM
I played tennis hungover once...yeah no bueno.

van Riemsdyk
07-25-2012, 06:34 PM
Most definitely.

Alex999
07-25-2012, 07:20 PM
lol, good old days when both guys and girls (30s, 40s etc.) used to drink, smoke and play some good tennis. Nowadays it's much more physically demanding. I saw some pics of Ferrer smoking (I assume he is just a casual smoker, not sure tho). well, we all know that Safin was notorious when it comes to partying, he loved his vodka too much, but hey ...

Jenrios
07-25-2012, 09:36 PM
I do remember an ATP player being refused permission to smoke on court during an injury time out. Must have been about 10 years ago. Can't remember his name though. Think it was the guy who beat the Williams sisters .

Freak3yman84
07-25-2012, 09:43 PM
I do remember an ATP player being refused permission to smoke on court during an injury time out. Must have been about 10 years ago. Can't remember his name though. Think it was the guy who beat the Williams sisters .

Karsten Braasch ;)

Allez
07-25-2012, 09:47 PM
WADA banned it this season though i saw a journeyman czech player drinking beer before his performance in prague :p

performance was awful :D

you don't say :lol: seriously though why ban it if it is not a perfomance enhancing stimulant ? Good value for money especially in mug tournaments where tennis isn't taken so seriously by anyone other than the competing journeymen :shrug:

v-money
07-25-2012, 09:56 PM
I play my best tennis after a couple of beers.

:lol: It has the opposite effect with my game.

Have you ever played a six-pack set? You have to finish a six pack of beer before you win the set and you can only drink on changeovers. It's loads of fun but obviously one cannot drive him or herself to the courts if the want to try it. You're plenty drunk after drinking 6 beers in about 30-45 minutes and running around on top of that.

They should hold six-pack set tournaments, in my opinion. I'd certainly pay to see them.

moon language
07-25-2012, 09:57 PM
It can definitely have performance enhancing effects in the sense that a drink or two can loosen you up and help you to play more freely and not get caught up in your thoughts so much. However, there is a very small window in which this occurs and it is very difficult to not go beyond this point, after which your performance definitely suffers due to decreased coordination. xkcd did a funny comic about this (though I think he placed the peak a bit too far into the BAC range):

http://xkcd.com/323/

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/ballmer_peak.png

Really it's similar to beta blockers which are banned because they have a calming effect (they are often used by performers to reduce the effects of stage fright).

Allez
07-25-2012, 10:00 PM
:lol: It has the opposite effect with my game.

Have you ever played a six-pack set? You have to finish a six pack of beer before you win the set and you can only drink on changeovers. It's loads of fun but obviously one cannot drive him or herself to the courts if the want to try it. You're plenty drunk after drinking 6 beers in about 30-45 minutes and running around on top of that.

They should hold six-pack set tournaments, in my opinion. I'd certainly pay to see them.

That is just trolling for injury :haha:

Fujee
07-25-2012, 11:05 PM
Back in the day, it was almost mandatory.

Yeah, when men were real men etc.. ;)

Fujee
07-25-2012, 11:19 PM
Marat knew how to train hard :lol:

http://i.imgur.com/lVXyL.jpg

outrider
07-26-2012, 12:33 AM
Dolgopolov can handle it but not during the match... :wavey:

Henry Chinaski
07-26-2012, 12:54 AM
There's really no way they could stop you but you wouldn't make it far as alcohol is a substance that impairs your senses and slows your reactions. Trust me...it would suck all the fun out of drinking. The players from back in the day were like the characters on Mad Men, they just drank all day long...it was part of the culture and they didn't have the literature yet about how harmful it was to you.

It's one thing to play tennis at your club after a few beers...it's goofy and fun. No professional player could do this with any success.

After their match however, the pros can get down! I remember Gaudio talking about the players at one South American tournament...they got wasted every night and he woke up hungover and played some of his best tennis. I think Action Jackson could elaborate a bit more on this.



I think it was Kitzbuhel that Gaudio said this about.

Dolgopolov was drunk off his ass in a club 2 days before he beat Fognini in Umag

Deathless Mortal
07-26-2012, 12:57 AM
I saw some pics of Ferrer smoking (I assume he is just a casual smoker, not sure tho).

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/5951/ferrersmoking.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/267/ferrersmoking.jpg/)

Deathless Mortal
07-26-2012, 01:00 AM
Dolgopolov was drunk off his ass in a club 2 days before he beat Fognini in Umag

I can confirm that. :D
Also, Klec was drinking with us the night before he beat Viola :lol:

Fumus
07-26-2012, 10:29 PM
I think it was Kitzbuhel that Gaudio said this about.

Dolgopolov was drunk off his ass in a club 2 days before he beat Fognini in Umag

Awesome.

Really, where did the info come from on that? 2 days is plenty of time to recover...only a true pimp like Gaudio can get hammered the night before and play awesome tennis.

Johnny Groove
07-26-2012, 10:35 PM
I remember taking 5 shots of Captain Morgan before playing a doubles match back in my club college days. We got beaten 1-6, 0-6, serving was a real adventure :lol: I was pretty fucked, swung and missed on more than one forehand :lol:

Oddly, smoking cannabis before a match, I have played my best tennis ever while stoned, beating guys I win one and loss one against by the tune of 6-0, 6-2, but also I have played some pretty lethargic tennis while high, and if the match goes to a 3rd, 4th, or 5th, I was fucked. A bit of a crap shoot.

Fumus
07-26-2012, 10:47 PM
I remember taking 5 shots of Captain Morgan before playing a doubles match back in my club college days. We got beaten 1-6, 0-6, serving was a real adventure :lol: I was pretty fucked, swung and missed on more than one forehand :lol:

Oddly, smoking cannabis before a match, I have played my best tennis ever while stoned, beating guys I win one and loss one against by the tune of 6-0, 6-2, but also I have played some pretty lethargic tennis while high, and if the match goes to a 3rd, 4th, or 5th, I was fucked. A bit of a crap shoot.

LOL - I'm way too serious about winning my USTA matches that I would never play while I was F-ed up. Hungover maybe...do I drink some beer after my matches hellzyea...even more if I lost yessir...but beer while playing I mean, there's so many better games made for that like billards, bowling, cards, darts, bocce ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, beer pong, ping pong and any video game...just to name a few.

NOW HOWEVER...if you aren't playing tennis then drinking is a perfect thing to do while watching live tennis matches. There are several drinking games you can play while watching the top players like every time Rafa picks a wedgie a take a sip, if Novak bounces the ball before a serve more than 3 times take a sip and if Murray fails to covert a break point take 2 sips....etc etc.

RForever
07-26-2012, 10:57 PM
LOL - I'm way too serious about winning my USTA matches that I would never play while I was F-ed up. Hungover maybe...do I drink some beer after my matches hellzyea...even more if I lost yessir...but beer while playing I mean, there's so many better games made for that like billards, bowling, cards, darts, bocce ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, beer pong, ping pong and any video game...just to name a few.

NOW HOWEVER...if you aren't playing tennis then drinking is a perfect thing to do while watching live tennis matches. There are several drinking games you can play while watching the top players like every time Rafa picks a wedgie a take a sip, if Novak bounces the ball before a serve more than 3 times take a sip and if Murray fails to covert a break point take 2 sips....etc etc.

Hah, those games are pretty dangerous. I dont think I would see 2nd set in any of those games.


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